It’s time for Spring Cleaning and you might have thought ” is it time to change my toilet seat”? Really it all depends on the status of your seat and toilet. Toilet seats can last for years with proper maintenance and cleanliness but sometimes with right reasons whether it be wear and tear, wanting to upgrade or just wanting to change the color, you might need to start looking into a replacement. When you do, we have the best and proper way to change out your toilet seat for some easy “sitting”.
Choosing a New Seat
Choose the style of seat you want. Toilet seats come in 2 basic styles, and a home supply store should have several brands to choose from. The standard variety is rounded, but you can choose an elongated one if you prefer. You can also purchase a “whisper close” seat that has special pads on the bottom to prevent it from slamming down on the bowl.
- Toilet seats come in a range of prices. You should be able to find the cheapest for $20-30, but others that cost twice as much or more
Gather your tools for the project. You’ll need just a few simple ones to handle this project. If you don’t already have these at home, head down to the hardware store and get:
- An adjustable wrench or pliers
- A flathead screwdriver
- Spray oil such as WD-40 (optional)
- A small hacksaw (optional)
Removing the Old Seat
Pop off the bolt caps, if necessary. Look at the edge of the old toilet seat, near the tank. You may see plastic caps where the seat’s hinges attach to the toilet bowl, one on each side. If so, gently slide the flathead screwdriver under their edge and pry them off.
- If there are no bolt caps, you will just see the bolts themselves attaching the hinges of the seat to the toilet bowl.
Remove the old seat’s bolts. The bolts at the base of the hinges on top of the toilet bowl may be slotted for a screwdriver. If so, use yours and turn each bolt counterclockwise until it comes out. Otherwise, you can continue turning the nuts counterclockwise until they come off.
- If your old seat has washers between the nut and bowl, remove those as well.
- If that doesn’t work, place your adjustable wrench on the nut. Hold it in place as you use the screwdriver in your other hand and attempt to turn the bolt out.
- If the bolts are still stuck, use your small hacksaw to saw them off. Place the blade just under the toilet bowl, at the top of the nut, and gently saw back and forth until you cut the bolt all the way off.
Installing the New Seat
Set the new seat in place. Remove it from the box. The hinges on the seat will be pre-attached. Place these exactly where the hinges on the old seat were located.
- The box will also contain bolts and nuts. It may also include plastic caps to go over the bolts. Set this hardware to the side.
- Don’t worry. Since the bolts have a head, they won’t fall all the way through the holes.
- Repeat with the other nut on the other side of the toilet.
- If your hardware includes washers as well, place these on the bolts threads, then put on the nut.
- If the hinges have plastic caps attached (or if these are included in the box with the new toilet seat), snap these in place by pushing them down on the heads of the bolts once you’re done.
Snap the seat into place, alternatively. For some models of toilet seats, you don’t drive the bolts through the hinges. Instead, you drop the bolts directly to the holes on either side of the toilet bowl, instead of driving them through the hinges first. Then fix them in place with nuts. The seat’s hinges will snap onto or slide over the bolt heads.
- Double-check the instructions that came with your toilet seat if you have this variety.